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Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530 comparison: What's the best budget smartphone

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Manufacturer: Nokia

Nokia has announced the Lumia 530 which sets its sights on the Motorola Moto G. Can it become the best budget smartphone? Read our Moto G vs Lumia 530 to see how they compare.

Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530

The Motorola Moto G is the king of budget smartphones but Microsoft has just announced the Lumia 520 as a follow-on to the Lumia 520. What's the best budget smartphone? Read our Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530 comparison (See our full: Nokia Lumia 530 UK smartphone review.). See also: The 14 best budget smartphones 2014.

We haven't seen the Lumia 530 in the flesh yet – it will be released in August - so we're comparing specs here to give you an idea of how the two budget smartphones compare. See also: Nokia replaces budget Lumia 520 with 530: Release date, price and specs.

Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530: Price

Now the Moto G is available in two versions you can pick it up for around £110 for the original model and £139 for the newer one which has added 4G LTE support and a microSD cards slot.

The Nokia Lumia 530 is available to pre-order for just £90 so is cheaper and matched the price of the Motorola Moto E. It comes in different versions but this only dictates whether it's dual-SIM or not.

Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530: Design and build

These two ultra-cheap smartphones have a similar design in that they are both relatively small and have a pebble-like shape with curved rear covers. They also share the ability to change colour quickly by way of interchangeable covers.

With a smaller screen it's the Lumia 530 which is the more compact and unsurprisingly lighter.

Nokia Lumia 530 UK budget smartphone

Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530: Screen

As we just mentioned, the Lumia 530 has a smaller screen than its rival here. It's 4in matching the most recent iPhone models while the Moto G's is half an inch bigger at 4.5in. Both use LCD technology but the Moto G has an IPS panel.

The Lumia 530's display also has a lower resolution at 480 x 854 making a pixel density of 254ppi. Meanwhile, the Moto G has a 720p HD res of 720 x 1280 resulting is a superior 326ppi pixel density – matching even the iPhone 5S.

Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530: Processor and memory

Both smartphones wield a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under the hood but the Moto G has the more impressive Snapdragon 400 compared to the Lumia 530's Snapdragon 200. Both are quad-core and 1.2GHz but the Moto G has the more advanced Adreno 305 GPU compared to the Lumia 530's Adreno 302.

On the memory side of things, the Moto G has twice that of the Lumia 530 at 1GB of RAM.

Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530: Storage

You can get the Moto G in either 8- or 16GB capacities which is at the worth twice that of the Lumia 530 which has just 4GB. This different is negated somewhat since both devices have a microSD card slot on-board which can accept up to 128GB.

Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530: Cameras

Like the Moto E, you'll just get a rear facing camera on the Lumia 530 so taking selfies will be a little tricky. However, the Moto G has both rear and front facing cameras on offer – you can take selfies with the 1.3Mp shooter.

Things are tied for the main camera as both have a 5Mp resolution snapper with an LED flash only found on the Moto G.

Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530: Battery

The Lumia 530 wins a point for having a removable battery but it's just 5.4Wh compared to the 7.9Wh cell found inside the Moto G.

Nokia Lumia 530 UK budget smartphone

Motorola Moto G vs Nokia Lumia 530: Software

While the Moto G consistently has better hardware on offer than the Lumia 530, software is possibly a bigger deal when comparing the two smartphones. One runs Android while the other has Window Phone 8.1.

There's too much to compare right here right now but the Moto G is your Android representative with version 4.4 KitKat. It's essentially the stock version of Android which you'll find on Google's Nexus devices but with a few additional Motorola apps thrown into the mix – we like it.

In the other corner is the Lumia 530 which is the cheapest way of getting your hands on Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft's rival to Android and iOS. The 8.1 version is the best yet and adds key features like the Action Center which provides proper notifications and quick settings. There are other improvements too like a better Start Screen and the WordFlow keyboard which supports swipe gesture typing.

However, Cortana – Microsoft's version of Siri – is yet to launch in the UK and we still think that Windows Phone is still playing catch-up to Android (and iOS) on the app front.

Nokia Lumia 530 Expert Verdict »

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Despite being cheaper we don't think the Nokia Lumia 530 has what it takes to knock the Motorola Moto G from its budget smartphone throne. It has a lower hardware specs across the board and even though Windows Phone 8.1 includes many improvements, Android is still superior.

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